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EMT Pleads Guily to Hit-and-Run
DAYTON -- An EMT worker has taken a plea deal to avoid multiple charges.
Brandon Lee pleaded guilty to a Hit-and-Run, but only after all other charges, including OVI and Failure to Control were dropped.
The 23-year-old has been accused of driving the wrong way on I-35 and causing a three car crash last August.
Police say his blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit.
Lee is still with the Dayton Fire Department, but he's been restricted to desk duty.
Dayton EMT Charged with 2nd OVI Back to Work
DAYTON -- The Dayton Fire Department EMT charged with an OVI and Hit and Run is back on the road and still at work.
For two years Brandon Lee has sat behind the wheel of Dayton ambulances, responsible for saving lives as an EMT.
In the early morning of August 28th, behind the wheel of his pick-up truck, the 23-year-old is accused of driving the wrong way on 35 East causing a three car crash.
Police say his blood alcohol level was nearly two times the legal limit.
"He could've killed somebody," Rick McCoppin, whose van Lee struck that night, said shakily after the accidentally.
Lee is now facing a Hit Skip and his second OVI charge in eight months.
According to police reports we dug up -- Lee blew a .17 in Vandalia in January. He was then sentenced to diversion.
Lee is still collecting a city paycheck. According to officials, he's on desk duty for the Dayton Fire Department and he drives himself to work.
"It probably does seem unfair to a lot of people. He gets a DUI. He got to keep his job. He gets another DUI. He gets to keep his job while its going through the court process," OVI Attorney Mark deters said Thursday.
Lee was given his driving privileges back last month so he can drive to his job. A move former police officer and OVI defense attorney Mark Deters says is not that unusual.
"The judge in this second case may not know from looking at the driving record that the person has a prior, even within a year," Deters explained.
Dayton's Assistant Fire Chief Paul Sheehan says according to protocol, Lee is innocent until proven guilty.
"In Dayton, for something like this it does seem a little out of the ordinary compared to other cases I've handled," Deters assessed of Lee.
Sheehan says lee may be able to drive himself to work but he is not driving any city vehicles.
Lee was slated to appear in court for the first time Thursday but the pre-trial was postponed. A new court date has not been set.
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